Murine study provides new insight into hematopoiesis

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From left to right: Shannon
McKinney-Freeman, PhD,
David Finkelstein, PhD,
and Miguel Ganuza, PhD
Photo by Peter Barta/
St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital
Life-long hematopoiesis relies on hundreds more blood progenitors than previously reported, according to preclinical research published in Nature Cell Biology. Previous studies linked life-long mammalian blood production to just a... [Read Article]
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Study confirms zoonotic transmission of malaria

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White-fronted capuchin
monkey (Cebus albifrons)
Photo by Whaldener Endo
Molecular analysis has confirmed zoonotic transmission of malaria in southern Brazil, according to an article published in The Lancet Global Health. Researchers identified 28 humans infected with Plasmodium simium, a malaria parasite usually only found in monkeys. The researchers said screening of local monkeys... [Read Article]
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Paper-based diagnostic device is like ‘portable lab’

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SPED plugged into a
hand-held potentiostat
Photo courtesy of
Purdue University/Aniket Pal
Researchers say they have developed self-powered, paper-based electrochemical devices (SPEDs) that can provide sensitive diagnostics in low-resource settings and at the point of care. The SPEDs can detect biomarkers in the blood and identify conditions such as anemia by performing electrochemical... [Read Article]
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Study: Reference pricing does reduce prescription costs

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Stack of money
Reference pricing effectively encourages patients to spend significantly less on prescription drugs, according to research published in NEJM. Under the reference pricing strategy, the insurer or employer establishes its maximum contribution toward the price of therapeutically similar drugs, and the patient must pay the remainder out of pocket. The insurer/employer... [Read Article]
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